There was the chance to put (some) distance between themselves and the
So what did the
Minnesota scored on its first shot of the game and led by two goals by the 13:39 mark. The Kings couldn't recover from that early deficit and Minnesota won, 4-1, on Saturday night as Wild goalie
"We've got to start on time. It's on us," Kings defenseman Matt Greene said. "You can't spot a team like that two goals. They start well in the building every time they come out. They're a fast team. We should have been ready for it."
The Wild, at least at the start, did not look like a team that played Friday night and won against Calgary here at Xcel Energy Center. Forward
Just like that, the Wild moved out of the wild-card spot they've been occupying and took over third place in the
"It was a very poor start," said Kings defenseman
"We have a lot better game than that. Quite disappointing. It was a big game and they continue to get bigger as the regular season winds down."
Having said that, the Kings had plenty of opportunities to tie after King cut Minnesota's lead to 2-1 with his 11th goal of the season, at 3:20 of the second period.
Kings forward Tyler Toffoli was an offensive threat all night, and what looked like a near-certain goal on the power play was stopped by Wild defenseman
"Brods saved me from one there," Dubnyk said. "It's perfect…. It was a wide-open net. It happens so fast. He [Toffoli] hammered it from in tight. It comes off my pads so hard, all I had a chance to do was to look over and think it was going in the net. Brods saved it for me."
Sutter was unavailable for comment afterward. But after the morning skate, he addressed the lack of scoring in certain parts of the lineup.
"We still have a lot of guys who haven't scored a goal since Jesus was a baby," Sutter said.
King was not the only player in that category. Captain
"It's something that's in the back of your mind," King said. "When you get an opportunity to play more minutes with top guys, you've got to find ways to be productive.